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Leonard Bernstein

October 15, 2013

West Side Story

West Side Story has been an American musical theater classic for 56 years. On Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll hear a performance of Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story at Lincoln Center, a concert hall in the very New York neighborhood that inspired the story. Plus, a dear friend of Peter Tchaikovsky's writes touching music of remembrance after the composer's sudden death.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Dmitri Shostakovich
    Two Waltzes: Spring Waltz for clarinet and piano; Waltz for flute, clarinet, and piano
    Nash Ensemble: Michael Collins, clarinet, Philippa Davies, flute, Ian Brown, piano
    Shostakovich: The Nash Ensemble
    Virgin 59312
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Symphony No. 10 in b minor, 1. Adagio, 2. Allegro
    New Century Chamber Orchestra
    Center for Performing Arts, Atherton, CA
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
    Prelude and Fugue no. 4 in e minor, op. 87
    Gilles Vonsattel, piano
    Music@Menlo Festival, The Center for Performing Arts, Atherton, CA
  • Leonard Bernstein
    Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story"
    Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas; Alondra de la Parra, conductor
    Alice Tully Hall, New York, NY

hour 2

  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    "Danse Russe" from Swan Lake op. 20 Act III
    Joshua Bell, violin; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
    Sony 94832
  • Franz Liszt
    Benediction de Dieu dans la Solitude
    Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano
    Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    None but the lonely heart
    Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcom Martineau, piano
    Spivey Hall, Morrow, GA
  • Henryk Pachulski
    Suite in Memory of Peter Tchaikovsky, op. 13
    Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lukasz Borowicz, conductor
    Witold Lutoslawski Polish Radio Concert Studio, Warsaw, Poland
  • Peteris Vasks
    Gramata cellam (encore), 2. Dolcissimo
    Sol Gabetta, cello and vocalist
    Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris
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